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A Sinner Changed by Grace.

A Sinner Changed by Grace.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"FOR THE TIME PAST OF OUR LIFE MAY SUFFICE US TO HAVE WROUGHT THE WILL OF THE GENTILES, WHEN WE WALKED IN LASCIVIOUSNESS. LUSTS, EXCESS OF WINE, REVELLINGS, BANQUETINGS, AND ABOMINABLE IDOLATRIES : WHEREIN THEY THINK IT STRANGE THAT YE RUN NOT WITH THEM TO THE SAME EXCESS OF RIOT, SPEAKING EVIL OF YOU." 1Peter 4:3. 4.

BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"FOR THE TIME PAST OF OUR LIFE MAY SUFFICE US TO HAVE WROUGHT THE WILL OF THE GENTILES, WHEN WE WALKED IN LASCIVIOUSNESS. LUSTS, EXCESS OF WINE, REVELLINGS, BANQUETINGS, AND ABOMINABLE IDOLATRIES : WHEREIN THEY THINK IT STRANGE THAT YE RUN NOT WITH THEM TO THE SAME EXCESS OF RIOT, SPEAKING EVIL OF YOU." 1Peter 4:3. 4.

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A SINNER CHANGED BY GRACE.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
"FOR THE TIME PAST OF OUR LIFE MAY SUFFICE US TO HAVE WROUGHT THE WILL OF THE GENTILES, WHEN WE WALKED IN LASCIVIOUSNESS. LUSTS, EXCESS OF WINE, REVELLINGS, BANQUETINGS, AND ABOMINABLE IDOLATRIES : WHEREIN THEY THINK IT STRANGE THAT YE RUN NOT WITH THEM TO THE SAME EXCESS OF RIOT, SPEAKING EVIL OF YOU." 1Peter 4:3. 4. Sin was the occasion of our Saviour's death ; and he died, not only to save us from the guilt of sin, that we might not be condemned, but to save us also from its power, that it miffht not rule over us. This double benefit of the Redeem-er's death was signified by the water and the blood which issued from his pierced side; for St. John observes, "This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood." 1 John 5 : 6. By the blood, we are justified from the guilt of sin; by the water, our polluted nature is purified. Thus is Jesus a complete Sav-iour. Both these are equally necessary; and what God has  joined together, let no man put asunder; for as they were united in the Redeemer's design, so are they united in the experience of all who believe. When a sinner is awakened and brought to Christ for pardon, then he also feels an earnest desire for this second benefit of his death, a deliverance from the power of sin. So St. Peter teaches us in this chapter: " Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh,
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arm yourselves likewise with the same mind," 1 Pet. 4:1; that is, all Christians should be armed with the same resolu-tion against sin and for holiness as Christ was. But Christ having suffered in the flesh for sin, lived in the Spirit unto God; therefore shoukl we also cease from sin, and live no SERMON XXIII. 233 more to the lust of men, but to the will of God ; for, saith the apostle, "the time past of our life may suffice." Yes, we have had enough, and too much, of sin; it has taken up too itmch of our time and affection; henceforth may we live to God. In these impressive w^ords we have the four following things: 1. The walk of a natural man described. 2. The great change that grace makes in such a man. 3. The reasonableness of that change ; and, 4. The usage which a changed person may expect from the world.
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I. The WALK OF A NATURAL MAN described. He works the will of the Gentiles, and lives in sin. It is not certain w'hether St. Peter wrote this epistle to the Jews only, or to Gentiles also; nor is it of consequence to us, for there is no great difference between a carnal Jew, a carnal Gentile, or a carnal Christian. All unconverted people live not according to the will of God. The will of God is the proper rule of our actions ; but who inquires after this ? who says with con-verted Saul, " Lord, what wilt thou have me to do ?" No natural man says so; only those who, like Saul, "are con-verted to God." And here is the grand difference between real Christians and all other people. The latter walk accord-ing to the flesh; the former according to the Spirit; for as Paul largely shows in the Sth chapter to the Romans, " They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh ; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit." And what are all the thoughts, w^ords, desires, pursuits, and de-lights of carnal men about, but something of a fleshly kind : they have no knowledge of, no care for, no delight in any thing that is spiritual or heavenly, nor can they, while in that state ; for as our Lord says, " That which is born of the flesh is flesh ; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3 : 6. Till a man is born again, he works the will of the Gentiles — he walks according to the flesh. The Lord in his mercy discover to those who are in this state the danger of it, and deliver them out of it by his changing grace !
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